I have recently started with stock removal. I am experimenting with both kitchen and outdoor knives, but kitchen knives are more interesting to me. Since currently my only power tool is a drill press, I am grinding the bevels with a file (filing jig that allows me to keep constant angle). While this approach is quite usable with smaller outdoor blades where one neither needs to grind under very acute angles (precision), nor a distal taper is of such an importance, it takes VERY long with kitchen knives where a lot of material needs to be removed to achieve usable grind. Also - after heat treat there is some more material to be removed as the edge could warp if ground thin before heat treat - and that is VERY slow process. I have spend about 6 hours with Atoma 140 with my first kitchen knife (165mm petty/gyuto). Arguably I could have done better job prior to thinning, but still - it will be several hours on Atoma with each kitchen knife.
My current (and arguably naive) idea is (if my interest in knifemaking will pertain) to make knives part-time (say 10 - 15 hours a week) - maybe in a year or so. I do not plan to become a full time maker, but I would cut down on my normal job working hours to allow for the knifemaking.
This brought me inevitably to the point where I started to look at belt grinders, even though my current workshop would most probably not allow me to use one because of space limitations, but that is a separate problem I am looking into.
Where I would like to ask for a help is to figure out what features the belt grinder needs to have to be usable for knifemaking. In more detail - what feature/accessory/add-on is used for what purpose.
Of course - do not hesitate to recommend a belt grinder you have good experience with, but please do that together with the features/qualities that you find important or helpful.
I am located in Germany and there is to my knowledge 1 belt grinder made locally that is meant for knifemaking is the 2-SF model. So if you are aware of other usable belt grinders within EU I would be interested to know about them.
Last but not least - of course I am aware of the belt grinder Marko has just started to produce - that seems to be an excellent machine, but I am not yet sure I will be able to afford a grinder in that category (remember - I have shipping and 27% taxes to pay)